1840 Estate/Probate Records
Owen Franklin Sr, of
Jefferson County, Alabama

Imaged by Lisa R. Franklin RN,BSN
FEB 2009

While the courthouse staff were totally lacking in knowledge of their records or where they were to be found (we were repeatedly given the wrong rolls of microflim and never did find the will we sought on this trip), I was able to look through a couple of very dilapidated books of records that were lying on a shelf that were very old. This book had a torn cover denoting it as a will book, however, the many loose pages including a shuffled up index that I found that day and the ensuing confusion have me thinking that these pages which appear to be more along the lines of probate documents, may have been loose pages that were not actually originally part of said will book. Regardless, they are relevant as they were for our very own Owen Franklin branch of my Franklin family tree. Copies of the actual pages and index can be seen by clicking the relevant links located within this transription of same.

Owen Franklin Estate probate book page 221:


The State of Alabama
County Court of Jefferson CountyWhereas at a county Court held for said County at the Courthouse in the Town of Ellyton on the 15th day of Feby 1840, Moses Kelly Sherriff of said county was appointed administrator Ex officer of the estate of Owen Franklin Sr, deceased, and said Moses Kelly having given bond and securities and taken the oath required by law as Sherrif: Therefore that the estate of said deceased may be well and truly administered, We by these presents grant and commit to said Moses Kelly Sherriff as aforesaid, the administration of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits whatsoever belonging to said Owen Franklin Sr deceased at the time of his death, hereby requiring said Moses Kelly Sheriff aforesaid, to file in the Clerk's office of said Cout within three months from this, a true and full inventory of said goods and chattels, rights and credits, and to render a full and true acccount of his administration whenever thereto legally required. Witness John F Forrest Judge of said Court at office this fifteenth day of Feby 1840.
Test. B E Grace, Clerk
I ?filed? 15th day of Feby 1840

Owen Franklin Estate probate book page 272:

The State of Alabama
Jefferson County
Know all men by these presents that we Curtis Howton, Elijah B. Lovet and REuben Robinson are held and firmly bound unto John F Forest Judge of the County Court of Jefferson County Alabama and his successorss in Office in the penal sum of Eight hundred Dollars for the true payment of which we bind ourselves our heirs executors and administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Witness our hands and seals this 11th day of January 1840.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Curtis Howton, has been duly appointed administrator of the estate of Owen Franklin Sr deceased. Now if the said Curtis Howton shall well and truly faithfully discharge all the duties required of him by law as such administrator then the above obligation be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Signed and sealed in open Court
Attest B E Grace, clerk
Curtis Howen (by his mark)
Elijah B Lovett (by his mark)
Reuben Robertson (by his mark)



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